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4:57 pm
Wed September 11, 2013

Kentucky Committee Rejects New Science Standards; Beshear Will Override the Decision

Gov. Steve Beshear says he will override a legislative committee’s decision to reject new science standards that would have updated what Kentucky students should be learning in schools.

The Kentucky Board of Education already approved the Next Generation Science Standards this year, but the the state legislative committee had to also approve the changes.

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Education
12:49 pm
Tue September 10, 2013

Kentucky Education Commissioner Commends JCPS Efforts To Fix Struggling Schools

Commissioner Holliday and JCPS Superintendent Donna Hargens discussed criticism of the school district earlier this year in a public forum.
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Kentucky Education Commissioner Terry Holliday says he wants to recognize what’s working in Jefferson County’s lowest performing schools, following criticism of the school district earlier this year.

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Education
8:18 pm
Mon September 9, 2013

JCPS Board Approves Cell Phone Use For Student Learning In Eight High Schools

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Some Louisville students will soon be able to use cell phones in class after the Jefferson County Board of Education unanimously approved waivers for eight high schools Monday night.

Fairdale, duPont Manual, Iroquois, Seneca, Southern, Valley, Waggener and Ballard high schools requested to be exempt from the district's student conduct policy banning cell phone use throughout JCPS facilities.

The board updated the Code of Conduct this year to allow schools to apply for waivers as long as they seek board approval.

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Education
6:30 pm
Mon September 9, 2013

Withdrawal of Large Donations Rare, but Centre College's Reputation Shouldn't Suffer

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The failure of a $250-million donation to Centre College to come through is an uncommon event in higher education fundraising, but the Danville liberal arts college should weather it fine, said the leader of a professional organization for education advancement.

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Education
5:20 pm
Mon September 9, 2013

Businesses, Individuals Challenged To Join JCPS Reading Program

Every Wednesday during the 2012-2013 school year, employees from Creative Alliance carpooled to Byck Elementary School and spent their lunch hour reading with struggling students.

"It was amazing to me how much of a relationship I developed with my reader," says Mark Rosenthal, creative director for Creative Alliance.

This year, Creative Alliance will do it again, and Rosenthal is calling on more businesses to help Jefferson County Public Schools meet its 1,500 volunteer goal for the Everyone1Reads literacy program. 

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Education
12:43 pm
Mon September 9, 2013

Louisville Montessori School Doubles Enrollment

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The Montessori School of Louisville has seen increased interest over the past year, says head of schools Gregory Dixon.

The small program located in Louisville's East End has more than doubled its enrollment to 130 students this year. Dixon says the school has added two classrooms, there are  waiting lists for some programs and he’s been pushed out of his office to make more space.

“Montessori is growing. Montessori movement is growing in North America and the states and specifically in Louisville right now," he says.

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Education
10:13 am
Mon September 9, 2013

Centre College's $250-Million Donation is Withdrawn

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Centre College's $250-million gift—among the largest gifts to higher education in U.S. history—has been withdrawn.

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Education
7:00 am
Sun September 8, 2013

Can Training the Brain Help Struggling Louisville Students' Performance?

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Louisville public school students are participating in a new program that proponents says will strengthen memory processing and create lasting effects for how students learn.

The program, LearningRx, has existed thorough Seven Counties Services since 2011. It focuses on skills tested for IQ,—such as long and short term memory, visual and auditory processing, and logic and reasoning, said Michelle Wright, executive director of Louisville’s LearningRX center.

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Education
3:11 pm
Fri September 6, 2013

Kentucky 's Interim Joint Education Committee Hears Charter Schools Issue

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A Kentucky legislative panel will hear testimony from charter school advocates next Monday ahead of next year’s legislative session.

The request came from the recently created Kentucky Charter Schools Association and its chairman, Hal Heiner, who says for the past three years charter school legislation has been rejected by the state legislature.

Specifically, Heiner takes aim at House Democrats on the education committee who have refused to give charter schools a fair hearing.

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Education
4:58 pm
Wed September 4, 2013

Louisville Schools for At-Risk Students Say JCPS Not Doing Enough to Keep Kids Safe

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Leaders from five agencies that serve at-risk children in Louisville say the Jefferson County school district isn't doing enough to ensure there are ample employees to keep students and staff safe at their schools.

Maryhurst, St. Joseph Children’s Home, Boys and Girls Haven, Home of the Innocents and Uspiritus (Brooklawn and Bellewood campuses) all treat children with emotional and behavioral disorders, many of whom are wards of the state or have had traumatic life experiences or unstable homes.

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